They Say You Can’t Choose Your Family, But I Sure Did

You may hear that nothing new ever happens in Kutztown. Some people like it that way. There is something to be said for that nostalgia that hits every time you return home after an extended absence. The familiar faces, the familiar sights, the familiar food. It’s a comfort that I used to long for when I lived miles away in both San Francisco and Miami.

I used to be one of those people that liked Kutztown just the way it was.

But then I moved home and the familiar started to become the mundane. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the familiar faces, the familiar sights, and the familiar food…but now I was hungry for more. I wanted the best of both worlds – the nostalgia of Kutztown and the variety of the city. And then, as if someone was reading my mind, things started to happen. Saucony Creek Brewing Co. showed it’s face to the world, the K’town Pub got a facelift and updated menu, the Kutztown Community Partnership brought back the Kutztown Kruizz, The Publishing House created pop up shops and open mic nights, the Allentown and Auburn Railroad started running train rides again. This list could go on and on.

The town is starting to change, but is doing so in such a way as to celebrate the deep roots of this town and it’s culture. Some may attribute it to the success of the Kutztown Bicentennial celebration and the morale booster it created. And those people may be right, but for me, its even more. Kutztown is a family and through all of the years that I have lived here and all of the people I have seen come and go, that fact has remained true. Stop in any shop and chances are, you will likely speak to the owner of that store. Strike up a conversation and you will have a list of 5 more places you must visit before you leave town and a multitude of tips and secrets on how to experience Kutztown like a local.

Because the truth is, we want you to feel like family, too.

So do yourself a favor and come meet our family. There is no better time to visit Kutztown than when the weather is perfect and you can enjoy everything that this town has to offer. Trust me, we have something for everyone.

Your “Getting Sentimental” Innkeeper,

Shena

Visit Kutztown Community Partnership’s calendar of events for a full listing of everything happening in and around Kutztown.

Free Events at Kutztown University

Did you know there are lots of events, activities, lectures, performances, and programs at Kutztown University that are free and open to the public? And not just throughout the fall and spring semester; there are plenty of summer events as well. Here are just a few:

KU Planetarium in the Grim Science Center: Sit back and relax as the lights dim in KU’s planetarium and enjoy the show of lights and sound…. for FREE!

Georgian Room: Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival holds concerts and workshops throughout the summer that are FREE and open to the public. As well as free performances during the school year.

KU Small Business Development Office: Offering FREE consulting services and learning opportunities for locals who have or are looking to open a small business.

PA German Culteral Heritage Center: This beautiful farm tucked away in a quiet corner of campus offers FREE family friendly events throughout the year as well as lectures and demonstrations.

Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery in Sharadin Arts Building: displays artwork from professional working artists as well as Kutztown University students. The gallery is always FREE and a great way to explore the creativity of young emerging artists.

Kutztown University has many wonderful things to offer the community. You just have to know where to look and who to ask.

 

 

Vino in the Valley

Coming up in March is one of our favorite events of the year: Vino in the Valley! (previously known as March Madness)

If you enjoy wine from the Lehigh Valley area, you will love this great event. The event takes place every weekend in March (Saturdays and Sundays) at 9 of the wineries that are part of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.

You must purchase your Passports (tickets) ahead of time either online or at one of the participating wineries. The ticket price is $35 per person which includes free wine tastings (up to six samples per winery), a small portion food pairing, as well as a wine backpack as part of your ticket price.

More information can be found here on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail Website.

This year’s participating wineries include:

Amore Vineyards and Winery, Big Creek Vineyard, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Clover Hill Vineyards and Winery, Franklin Hill Vineyards, Galen Glen Winery, Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Tolino Vineyards, and Vynecrest Vineyards and Winery.

We already have our tickets! So have fun and maybe we will see you on the trail!

***If you are planning to attend Vine in the Valley and need a place to stay, you know who to call!***